Guangdong and Hong Kong officials agreed yesterday to work out a framework for dealing with cross-border intellectual property infringement cases under the two different legal systems. The agreement was reached in the first meeting of the Guangdong-Hong Kong Expert Group on the Protection of Intellectual Property Rights. Mainland officials also agreed to launch a 'no-fakes' campaign among shops in the province, similar to a programme in Hong Kong. They also launched a joint database on copyright laws in Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macau. Members of the public can lodge a copyright infringement complaint with authorities at www.ip-prd.net . In the first six months of this year, Guangdong and Hong Kong customs officers detected 144 intellectual property infringement cases on the border, with a value of $18 million. The expert group was set up under the sixth plenary session of the Guangdong-Hong Kong Co-operation Joint Conference in August. Stephen Selby, Hong Kong's director of intellectual property, yesterday said: 'This meeting has provided an excellent platform for exchanging information and a building partnership.' With the increasing economic co-operation between Guangdong and Hong Kong, it was vital to step up collaboration between the two places to tackle intellectual property infringements, Mr Selby said. The expert group planned to work out a legal framework for dealing with such infringements before next June, taking account of the two different legal systems, said Tang Shanxin, deputy director-general of the Guangdong Provincial Intellectual Property Office. The group would meet twice a year, he said. Some cross-border breaches might be beyond the reach of law enforcers, said John Wong Chi-wing, Hong Kong's senior intellectual property examiner. He gave the example of a Hong Kong resident who infringed copyrights on the mainland before returning to the city. But he said the Hong Kong and Guangdong Customs forces had been working closely to crack down on cross-border copyright infringement cases by sharing intelligence. A 'no-fakes' campaign in the province would resemble the one Hong Kong has had since 1998. Shops pledging not to sell counterfeit goods are given logos to display, raising customer confidence.